Okay, that’s not quite true. I still need to block it, and weave in the many ends of yarn, but the spinning and knitting is done! And I am so pleased. This is the most handmade thing I’ve made to date. The fibre blend was custom designed by me and blended to order by the wonderful World of Wool, handspun and plyed by me, and then knit by me. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I’m so sorry the early-morning light couldn’t capture how gorgeous this is, with the glittery rainbow fibre, glossy silk and deep, complex merino.
I’m not going to have a chance to block it until Monday, probably. I’m off today to watch my little sister row at her last ever Women’s Henley before she leaves for exciting university adventures, so will be spending most of the weekend gushing with pride and feeling emotional. I plan to at least get the ends weaved in so I can wear the shawl at Henley, though, and will endeavour to get some photos of me wearing it, for you.
It turned out exactly like I wanted – the fringe just reaches my hips now, so once it’s blocked it should hang a little lower, and the arms are long and wide enough to drape across my bust very comfortably. It did take up rather more fibre than I expected, though – I have a single hank about the length of my arm left from the fibre, so we could very easily have had a bit of a panic moment, if spinning had produced just a little more waste! In the end I was so excited to get it done that I was knitting straight off the spindle without even bothering to hang the yarn, not that it’s done any harm to the end result.
That’s it for now, and I’m very sorry I didn’t give you any Ravelry posts this week. I’ve been knitting flat-out to get this finished, and simply didn’t have the time. I’ll have to make it up to you with an extra-large one next week!
- Ravenwing Shawl WIP (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Quick Ravenwing Yarnporn Update (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Ravenwing Shawl – Grafting Stage! And an Offering. (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Ravenwing Shawl – First Wing Complete (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Ravenwing Shawl Update (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)